Can You Do a Bleach Bath With Box Bleach? What shampoo should you use?

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  • You can use box bleach to do a bleach bath as long as you choose a kit that contains a 30-volume developer and use a super-moisturizing shampoo.
  • You also need to pay special attention to the preparation of the mixture. You should add one part of super moisturizing shampoo to the mixture of equal parts of bleach powder and developer. I’ll tell you about the whole process later.


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They say “bleach bath,” and my alerts go off.

People mistakenly believe that, as it’s called a “bleach bath,” it’s less damaging than bleach. And that’s not so.


I think what helps increase the confusion is it’s possible to buy box bleach.

It’s a homemade solution within anyone’s reach. However, you have to be careful with it.


  • If your hair shows no signs of damage, you respect the proportions of bleach and shampoo mixture and use a moisturizing shampoo, the damage from the bleach bath will be less. However, your hair will suffer. And that’s inevitable because chemicals are chemicals.


  •  Something else you should keep in mind is that you should always use the box bleach that includes a 30-volume developer.  Otherwise, if you bleach with a 40-volume developer, you’ll damage your hair irreversibly.


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Only those who have a lot of coloring experience can use a developer with such high volumes. When I say a lot of coloring experience, I mean having studied hairdressing.

Also, why do you want to use the bleach bath? What are your expectations?


I don’t want to ruin your dream, but if you want to use box bleach to make a bleach bath and lighten your black hair to a platinum blonde, I warn you, you won’t get it.

 The bleach bath is strong enough to lighten two or three shades.  Not more than that.


Do you have the box bleach in your hand? Does it contain a 30-volume developer?

Then, read on to use it correctly during your bleach bath and avoid ruining your hair.

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How to use the box bleach to do a bleach bath

shampoos produce residue on the hair

To do the bleach bath, you need to have the box bleach in one hand and shampoo in the other.

However, do you know what type of shampoo to use?


This choice is essential.

The more moisturizing the shampoo is, the less damage the chemicals will do to your hair. So, take your time and don’t take the shampoo issue lightly.

 Look for shampoos that include things like: Keratin, organic, coconut, argan, flax, or rose oil. 


If you don’t see these ingredients, look for the phrase “for very damaged hair” on the label.

This shampoo most likely contains moisturizing ingredients, which is what we’re looking for to apply the bleach bath.


Finally, before you start preparing the bleach bath with the box bleach, I remind you that this process cannot be applied to your hair once a week.

If you want to lighten your hair even more, you should wait at least three to four weeks before using the bleach bath again.


How to prepare the bleach bath with bleach kit

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The box bleach is a kit that contains everything you need to bleach your hair. Therefore, you’ll find:

  • Bleach powder
  • 30-volume developer
  • Gloves
  • Cap
  • Dye brush, which only some brands include.


The elements are in the correct proportions. However, those proportions are what you should use if you want to do a traditional bleach.

As you’re going to do a bleach bath, the moisturizing shampoo comes into the picture.


Step-by-step bleach bath with box bleach

  • Look for a plastic container like an empty shampoo bottle or any other non-metallic container.

It doesn’t need to have a lid because the leftover bleach bath can’t be stored.

You’ll have to throw it away after thirty minutes because the chemicals degrade and are useless.

A measuring cup is the ideal option to help you achieve the right proportion.


  • Place the 30-volume developer cream from the kit in the measuring cup.
  • Add the bleach powder included in the kit
  • Blend with the brush until all the elements are integrated.
  • Look carefully at the scale on the measuring cup. How much bleach do you have?
  • With that number in mind, add the same amount of shampoo into the measuring cup.

For example:

  • If the mixture reached 100 cm3, you should add 100 cm3 of shampoo.
  • If the mixture reached 200 cm3, you should add 200 cm3 of shampoo.


You can also prepare the mixture in the container included in the box bleach. Then, measure it to know the right amount of moisturizing shampoo.

The ratio is 1 to 1. This means that you should add one part of moisturizing shampoo for each part of bleach.


Now, it’s time for the application.

 The bleach bath mustn’t contact your eyes. 

If you feel that even a small amount has entered your eyes, go to the emergency room immediately.

  • In the shower, wet your hair with warm water.
  • Apply the bleach bath starting with the lengths, and massage.
  • Then, continue on the roots and growth.
  • Gather all your hair in the center of your head and massage. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  • Leave the bleach bath on for twenty minutes.
  • After the exposure time, rinse your hair with plenty of warm water, and apply moisturizing shampoo. That is shampoo that you have not mixed with the bleach in the box.
  • Rinse again and apply conditioner. Leave it on for five minutes.
  • Rinse your hair one last time and towel dry excess water.
  • Apply a few drops of coconut oil or anti-frizz serum, and let your hair air dry.


Remember that  this process is as aggressive as bleaching. So, you’ll have to wait three to four weeks to repeat it. 

If you abuse this technique, you’ll face serious hair loss.



I recommend using the box bleach for a bleach bath if your hair shows no signs of damage.

Remember that you should opt for the box bleach that includes the 30-volume developer and that the maximum exposure time is 20 minutes.

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